Math 148   -    Elementary Statistics for Biologists   -    Fall 2019  

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Welcome to Math 148!

MATH 148: Elementary Statistics for Biologists is an introduction to basic statistical concepts. This course is different fromMATH 147: Elementary Statistics in the following way: It primarily addresses students of biology and medicine who are, at least to some degree, quantitatively oriented. Accordingly this course will be somewhat more "mathy" than Math 147. The text for this course is Stats - Data & Models, 4th edition from De Veaux, Velleman and Bock. We will cover the majority of parts I through VI (ch. 1 - 25), including sampling, regression, probability, binomial distribution, normal distribution, sample average, sample standard deviation, confidence intervals and tests of statistical hypotheses. If time allows we will also do ANOVA and/or multiple regression. We will focus on numerous examples on our way to understanding how statistics is a powerful tool for analyzing data.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Fochler
Office: WH 222      Office hours: Mon 10:00 - 11:30,    Tue 11:30 - 1:00

Head Teaching Assistant:  Sara Bey

Lecture: Mon Wed Fri 8:30 - 9:30 PM in LH 014

Section info:

Section Section TA Meeting
A 01 Nicholas DeMarco -- Tue 8:30-9:55 FA 249
A 02 Nicholas DeMarco -- Tue 10:05-11:30 FA 249
A 03 Nathan Jue -- Tue 2:50-4:15 FA 249
A 04 Nathan Jue -- Tue 4:25-5:50 FA 249
A 05 Sara Bey -- Thu 8:30-9:55 WH 100B
A 06 Sara Bey -- Thu 10:05-11:30 WH 100B
A 07 Jingze Liu -- Thu 2:50-4:15 WH 100B
A 08 Jingze Liu -- Thu 4:25-5:50 WH 100B

CRN: 21426

Add/Drop deadline: Wednesday, September 4

Withdraw/Change Grade Option deadline: Monday, October 28

TA's office hours, except for Sara Bey, are now held in the Math 148 help room Sara holds her office hours at WH 335 on Thursday, 11:30 - 2:30.


There will be 3 midterm exams given in lecture and one final exam. No notes, books, cell phones, or laptops are allowed for tests. However, you are allowed a calculator and an index card as large as 4 x 6 inches on each midterm and as large as 5 x 8 inches on the final exam. You may write on both sides of your index card and there are no restrictions as to what you are writing. Details will be discussed before each exam. Each midterm exam will last 55 minutes and it will be worth 150 points. The final exam will last 2 hours and it will be worth 300 points.


Midterm Exam 1: Friday, September 20
Midterm Exam 2: Wednesday, October 23
Midterm Exam 3: Wednesday, November 20

Make all arrangements necessary to take the tests at those dates. The times and dates are non-negotiable. The exception to this: If BU classes were cancelled after a midterm was already printed then it may be shifted to a later day to ensure that all topics on the exam have been taught before the exam date. Note that this does not apply to the final exam!

Final exam:

The final exam counts for 300 points and it will last two hours.

Date and time for all finals are set by the registrar and there is no flexibility. Do not make travel arrangements that will have you leave campus prior to the exam. You can request a makeup final only if you have another final at the same time (direct conflict) or you have three final exams scheduled within 24 hours. If you want to request to take the alternate final then you must do so by Monday, November 25, by sending an email to me and your TA.

Date of the Final Exam: Thursday, December 12, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM in GW 69EX
Final Exam makeup: Friday, December 13, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM at UTC (Testing Center)

Here is the direct link to the official Final Exams Schedule. You can also find that link on the Courses tab of the Math departmental web page.

More information:

Be sure to click on all tabs in the navigation bar at the top of this web page. In particular, be sure to study the syllabus for this class. There you find info about course material, exam dates, how your grade is calculated and many other issues of interest.

Best wishes for a successful semester!

Michael Fochler